Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Fox News is coming to Canada

Yes, those with a digital cable box will be able to enjoy the nuanced sophistication of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity — and without the restrictions placed on al-Jazeera, the Arab Fox News! Here's the CTV.ca story. After all, al-Jazeera has been known for allowing anti-Semitic diatribes, while Fox is merely anti-anybody-or-anything-progressive-at-all-anywhere-in-the-universe.. Personally, I think […]

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Thu, November 18 2004 » Main Page » Comments Off

Parrish punted for stomping Bush, trash-talking Martin

My, my. I guess there are limits to free speech in the Liberal caucus after all — even in a minority government situation. Carolyn Parrish has been banished by Prime Minister Paul Martin. Here's some excerpts from the CTV.ca story: “I told her that even though I respect her right to express her viewpoint, I […]

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Hamilton Spectator reporter faces jail

This was posted on CAJ-L, an e-mail discussion group for journalists. It's a protection-of-a-source's-confidentiality case: Nov. 18, 12:48 EDT Court Cites Spec Reporter Refuses to give details of how he received confidential report at core of St. Elizabeth Villa trial Paul MorseThe Hamilton Spectator A Hamilton Spectator journalist is being cited for contempt of court after […]

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This is really sickening

If you want to see some despicable human behaviour, watch the video attched to this CTV.ca story. Here's an excerpt of the story: A pair of Calgary 20-year-olds have been sentenced to each serve six months in jail for beating a drunken, homeless man as he lay passed out in an alley. Matthew Newman and […]

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And he said it with a straight face!!

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show was being his usefully mischevious self Wednesday evening when he showed Sept. 14, 2004 footage of Porter Goss swearing up and down at his Senate confirmation hearing that he would be non-partisan.

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U.S. Dems wanna make some religious friends

According to this NYT article, you could say the Nov. 2 election put the fear of God into the Democrats. But gaining the support of the religious left might mean being a little less supportive of a woman's right to choose. An excerpt: ested by a Republican campaign emphasizing Christian faith, some Democrats are scrambling […]

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A victory, but little is gained

An interesting perspective on the U.S. assault on Fallujah and its impact on the wider Iraq conflict. The authors, Daryl G. Press and Benjamin Valentino, are professors of government at Dartmouth. They recommend the U.S. focus on the achievable in Iraq, but none of those options look appetizing in their own right: Here's an excerpt […]

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The Bush Revolution

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristoff tries to make sense of the comings and goings in the Bush administration and among top civil servants. His opinion is disquieting. aving crushed the resistance in Falluja, President Bush is now trying to do the same at the State Department and the C.I.A. Colin Powell may have “resigned,” but don't […]

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